Things to see and do - Kairouan
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Incorrectly known as the "Barber's Mosque", this mausoleum is in fact a zaouïa housing the tomb of Abu Dhama. This companion of Mohammed was nicknamed Sidi Sahab ("carrier of three hairs") as he was said always to carry with him h..
Huge ochre-coloured walls surround the Great Mosque, which was built in the 7C and is considered to be one of the oldest in the Maghreb. Its large courtyard is surrounded by a beautiful colonnaded arcade. The three-storey minaret stands in one corner..
Architecture, castles and historic districts
The 9C Aghlabid Basin is a huge 5m-deep pool with 64 sides. Built to provide the city with water, this 55m3 basin was supplied by a 36km aqueduct which carried water down from the mountains. Once home to 250 000 inhabitants (the population today is 1..
Situated at the exit to the souk, the Mosque of the Three Doors or Khayrun Mosque is one of the oldest monuments in Kairouan, dating from 866. The mosque has been remodelled on a number of occasions, but its façade has retained some of its 9C feature..
The zaouïa of Sidi Abid el-Ghariani, which dates from the 14C, is particularly striking for its wooden ceiling and finely carved stuccowork.